Time and time again conservatives have heard the charge by liberals that the GOP isn’t diverse enough, that the vast majority of office holders and candidates are older white men. The insinuation, of course, is that the Republican Party is somehow racist or exclusionary to minorities.
Well, that couldn’t be farther from the truth, as is demonstrated by the six black women who are running for Congress in the November midterm elections.
Here’s a brief introduction to these extraordinary ladies.
Mia Love — Running for Reeelection in Utah’s 4th District
Do you think Cubans are fighting for healthcare or freedom from Communism?
Running for reelection, Mia Love, made history when she became the first Black female Republican elected to Congress and the first Haitian American elected to Congress from the state of Utah in 2015. Prior to that she served as mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah from 2010-2014. She defeated her Democratic opponent Doug Owens twice in 2014 and 2016 to win her second term. The Hill reported that her challenger Democrat Ben McAdams is leading her in the polls by six points as of October 2018.
Aja Smith — Running for California’s 41st District
Aja Smith grew up in Moreno Valley, Calif., raised by both her mother and grandmother who worked long hours as nurses, providing for her and ensuring she had every opportunity that her peers had, according to Smith. Both of Aja’s grandparents served in the U.S. Military. Her grandfather was a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Her great uncle was a Tuskegee Airman pilot. In 2002, Smith joined the United States Air Force Reserve. In 2007, she was deployed to Qatar and stationed at Al-Udeid Air Force Base during Operation Enduring Freedom. If elected, Smith would become the first African-American female Republican to serve in Congress from California.
Virginia Fuller — Running for Florida’s 5th District
Virginia Fuller, a registered nurse by trade immigrated to the United States in 1976, gaining her citizenship in 2000. For nearly 38 years she’s lived in California, but now a happily transplanted Floridian for the last two years, according to Fuller. In 1989, she established and operated two pediatric care facilities. One was a 24-hour Emergency Shelter Home for abused and neglected children located in Oakland, Calif. The other was an Extended Nursing Care Facility in Richmond, Calif. licensed by the State Health Department.
Liz Matory — Running for Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District
Liz Matory is a small business owner and author of ‘Born Again Republican,’ the book about what she learned after leaving the Democrat Party, connecting with voters as an independent and discovering that she is a conservative. Matory has said that she is on a mission to encourage more people to learn the truth about the democrat’s agenda to diminish the Republic and degrade the power of the voters through partisan gerrymandering. After running for Congress in 2016, she became very active in party building efforts across the state with the Maryland Federation of Republican Women and the Maryland Republican Party.
Jineea Butler — Running for New York’s 13th Congressional District
Jineea Butler, from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, is a social worker in her day job and who has a true heart for her community. Butler started a company called the Social Services of Hip Hop, a music program she introduced to New York City schools. She also created the Hip Hop Union nine years ago, claiming it has had both a nation and international impact.
Charlotte Bergmann — Running for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District
Bermann was born and raised in the historic city of Memphis, Tennessee and describes herself as a devout follower of Jesus Christ. She formerly worked for FedEx, where she retired in 2000. During her time with the company she worked as a Technology Project Manager. She now owns and operates a small family business. One of the things she plans on doing if she gets sent to Congress is to push legislation that will insure healthcare is affordable and is the responsibility of patients and their doctors without intervention from the government. She also stated she is a proud supporter of President Donald Trump.
The next time the left tries to say the GOP isn’t diverse, pull this out and show them that’s simply not the truth.
American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer
Rest in peace, amigo.
When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s. From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c
Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo
This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.
With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.
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